“First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, DARE!” Walt Disney
Could that quote be any better? It is perfect for how I am feeling and the announcement I am about to make:
My online store for amazingly delicious gluten and dairy free baking mixes, as well as soothing herbal tea blends, is FINALLY OPEN!!! After hours and hours (more like months and months!) I believe I have all the bugs worked out and I am ready to start taking orders on this website. In fact, I have one order already purchased and shipped. My wonderfully sweet cousin Karen was my first guinea pig. As far as I can tell, it all went smoothly. In fact, I officially closed my Etsy store today, so I am definitely all in!
A word of caution: If you are local to southern Indiana, specifically Dubois and Spencer counties, DO NOT order through the website. Putting in shipping options was rather complicated, so, on the advice of the very patient, kind, and brilliant Happiness Engineers at WordPress, I did free shipping on all of my items. Now, I’m a brand new, VERY small business, so I can’t just do free shipping out of the generosity of my heart. Wish I could, but I can’t. So I had to add shipping charges into my prices. That means that if you have ordered from me (or bought in person) in the past, you will see a sharp increase in the prices for my items.
But don’t despair! I have 2 GOOD NEWS items for you:
1: There is a link on my Store page for ordering locally. Follow the instructions there. Pick up and Delivery are still free to those living in Dubois and Spencer counties. If you live outside of those counties but still in southern Indiana, contact me directly and we can discuss delivery costs. I will also still be making my homemade treats that so many of you have grown to love, as well as specialty items for special occasions.
2: To offset the increase in prices, I am offering a discount! If you buy 5 or more of any items in my store, you will receive a 20% discount off your entire order. That’s like getting an item (or more) for FREE!!!
I do really have to give a shout out to the Happiness Engineers (yes, they really are called that) at WordPress. I don’t know what I would have done without them. I do know a lot of crying would have been involved… They are able to look at every aspect of your website and pin down what the problem is, help you fix it, and give links for support pages so you can learn how to combat issues in the future. One thing I found is that there is a LOT of information out there in the world of WordPress! Not all of it is current or applicable to your specific needs. That was what got me so overwhelmed! I would look up the support pages and video tutorials and end up more confused than I was to start with. Being able to chat with someone, in real time, who knows your site and understands your needs is the only way to go! Once I figured that out (last week…and I started this process in October!!), things really started rolling.
So, now what? Now that I won’t be spending time trying to set up my store, I can devote time to the things I’ve been wanting to do since I began this grand adventure last year! I will be adding new recipes to my line of baking mixes (can I interest anyone in some brownies??? What about being able to make my Monster Cookies, complete with dairy free candy-coated chocolate candies, at home?) Do you have a favorite treat you’d like me to do my magic on and transform into delicious, safe goodies?
I will also be adding to my very small section of recipes (ok, only one) for savory and sweet foods. Again, any suggestions? Favorite comfort food that you haven’t been able to replicate with your dietary restrictions? Leave a comment here, or go to my About page and find a link to a contact form. Or, as always, call or text, or email (info on contact page) or find me at Good Food Dear Friends on Facebook. Oh – and I am now on Instragram! What an exciting week this has been. I can’t wait to hear from you!
So, as so many of us are still at home, order some mixes for tasty treats, or brew a cup of my herbal teas as you set aside time to relax. And as soon as this is over, call a Dear Friend and invite them over for some Good Food! But why wait? You deserve some goodness in your life too! Finally!!